When you're deciding on a new floor, there are plenty of options. Ceramic tiles are only one of the many options. The decorative effects of tiling has recently taken hold in homes of all styles; from contemporary to colonial, tile can have a design and style to fit any and every personal style.
What are the benefits of Tile?
Tile is extremely adaptable and is used in an array of settings, from kitchens and bathrooms to dining rooms and living rooms. Whether it’s a stone finish that you're after or simply a traditional glazed finish, there’s a style out there to suit every taste.
Low Maintenance. Since no floor remains completely maintenance free, ceramic tile comes about as close as it gets to being service free. Short of the application of applying the occasional sealant, which can be done once every four years or so, tile requires only the regular cleaning that any flooring surface would normally require. With the inclusion of grout, tile becomes practically impervious to water damage and can be virtually hosed off if necessary. Many specialty products are also available that can assist greatly in maintenance and upkeep, all of which can be located in nearly any home goods supermarket.
Ease of Adaptability. There is a tile option for almost any application, and your imagination and creativity are the only limitations you may face when installing tile. From porticos in your dining room area to a tiled hearth laid out in front of a fireplace, you can adapt tile to practically any surface whether it be indoors or out. The adaptability of tile has been exploited throughout Europe and examples of tile flooring can be seen in kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and sometimes even bedrooms. In many destinations abroad, it is not uncommon to find an entire home tiled from wall to wall in an effort to keep internal temperatures down and provide a versatile flooring surface.
Cost Effective. Pound for pound, tile remains one of the most cost effective flooring surfaces in the market today. When you're considering initial costs and longevity, it becomes clear that ceramic tile overall offers the best "pound per meter" of any flooring surface. Ceramic tile has limited upkeep and the low maintenance adds to its value even further. Square meter material costs stay in check with most other alternatives and while the initial installation costs may be a bit higher, it is important to consider all of the long term costs and value when judging the overall cost effectiveness.
Variety. While your installation options may only be limited by your imagination, there are fortunately a number of ideas already in place to get your creative juices flowing. Visit our inspiration pages for ideas to get you started on your new tiling project. Even though flooring has always been the number one usage of ceramic tile, you aren't just limited to floors. Backsplashes, porticos, murals and countertops are all areas that can be tiled in an artistic manner, subject to your décor. You can match your floor to your tile walls if you wish, or contrast the two to make each room stand out even more.
Strength & Durability. The ancient Romans were able to see the benefit of tile in its durability, and this fact is not lost on us as modern people. Tile is best for high traffic areas thanks to its strength and resiliency to staining and wear. The ancient Romans had originally used tiles in a utilitarian manner, but it soon became obvious to them that a decorative element could be introduced to tiling. While not all too impact resistant, the wear ability of tile is the sole reason for its durability.
Simple Repair. Even though ceramic is considered to be quite strong, there is still the chance for breakage, as with any earthenware. When this does occur, repairing tile is far simpler than fixing hardwood or plank flooring. Completing tile repairs will typically take less time than repairing a section of wood floor, or even a composite flooring surface. It is vital that you keep several pieces of tile left over from your installation for these very possible repair needs.
Various Styles. Style counts and when it comes to tile there is no exception to that rule. Tile has a finish and a style to adapt to any and all décor; from southwest to cosmopolitan, there are colours and textures to fit every need. There is an unlimited variety when it comes to tile, from bright and vibrant colours to muted tones and everything you could imagine in between. Even though colours and textures vary greatly between manufacturers, almost any combination of colour and texture can be found on today's market.
Simple Installation. The installation process for ceramic tile floors is a project professionally completed by a well rounded building firm. The basic procedure generally involves prepping the specified area, gauging the space, installing the tile, and grouting.
Design. Thanks to the variety of sizing options for tiles, design flexibility has drastically improved. You can opt for smaller tiles or grand larger patterned tiles, as well as the squaring options, such as "brick and block" or "Flemish" style joints. All of these choices add to the design characteristics that will end up being ideal for your application.
Capital Increases. Adding a tile floor to your home will increase its potential resale value tremendously. Buyers will absolutely take notice of a well installed and designed tile floor. With its attractive style and impressive aesthetic appeal, the best tile floors can add thousands of dollars in potential value to prospective customers.
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